Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence speaks to the media winning the College Football Playoff Championship over Alabama Jan. 7, 2019, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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Trevor Lawrence says attributed quote about White House visit is fake

While the trip was “awesome,” Trevor Lawrence did not call the fast-food spread offered by President Trump during Clemson’s visit Monday the “best meal we ever had.”

A widely circulated social media meme attributed Lawrence to the quote: “President Trump got all our favorite foods, it was the best meal we ever had. Then we go and see the coastal elite media trashing it for not being organic vegan. We’re football players, not bloggers, this was a perfect blue collar party!”

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence says this quote in a widely circulated meme is fake.

The Cartesville, Ga., quarterback quickly called an audible to dispel the attribution. He wrote in a tweet: “I never said this by the way ... I don’t know where it came from. “However the trip to the White House was awesome!”

One of the originators of the meme, apologized for spreading the false quote.

President Donald Trump celebrated Clemson for winning the national championship with a smorgasbord of fast food options Monday at the White House.

Silver trays held stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy’s. Also on offer were boxed burgers from McDonald’s, including Big Macs. White House cups bearing the presidential seal held the fries. 

President Donald Trump gives remarks in front of the fast food that was served to the Clemson Tigers, the winners of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, Jan. 14, 2019, at the White House in Washington.
Photo: SARAH SILBIGER/© 2018 THE NEW YORK TIMES

The president said he even paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. 

It quickly drew sharp critiques.

A number of celebrities, including Migos’ Quavo, “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan and Ayesha Curry, the wife of NBA guard Stephen Curry, have all extended the team invitations to a more distinguished meal.

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